The Alaska Native Heritage Center

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a must see if you are stopping in Anchorage. It is just north of Anchorage (just off the Glenn Highway, Highway 1, exit Muldoon Road north) not more than 10 minutes from downtown. The Center presents an introduction to Alaskan indigenous peoples and their culture through permanent and living demonstrations in the indoor/outdoor exhibits. The five major cultural groups are presented in six authentic dwellings and traditional living exhibits on the site. Native Alaskan staff interpret the various exhibits and demonstrate a range of types of living skills. There are regularly scheduled dancers, singers and demonstrations of skill in the main building. You can see native artisans and crafts persons at work and talk to them about how they learned their trade and interpret their works. Heritage gifts can be purchased directly from the artisans or in the on site shop – works of art, jewelry, books and clothing. I make a point of visiting the Center to see what’s new and I really enjoy engaging with the staff. The Center offers a very rich cultural and educational experience. You can access the Center by car, bus or shuttle that runs from downtown in the summer months. Staffed and run by native people. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible non-profit organization that Green Concierge Travel encourages travelers to support.

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